Thursday, June 03, 2010

Pacific FORUM GROUP NOT WELCOME says Enraged Bainimarama

Fiji Sun News - 03 June 2010
The Pacific Islands Forum Ministerial Contact Group will not be allowed to visit here, Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said yesterday. “They are not going to come to Fiji and that is final,” he said.
His decision to call off a visit scheduled for next month came following statements by New Zealand and Australian Foreign Ministers (Murray McCully and Stephen Smith) that the situation in Fiji had worsened. Their comments came after the Ministerial Contact Group meeting in Auckland on 
Monday. “They do not have to rubbish and run us down every five minutes,” he said.

Commodore Bainimarama said it seemed like Fiji’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, was only invited for the meeting to be belittled by the two countries. 
“The way I see it, they only invited Ratu Inoke to condemn and belittle him as a way of persuading other Pacific island countries not to come to Fiji for the Melanesian Spearhead Group Plus meeting,” he said. 
The Auckland meeting concluded that a third visit to engage the full range of Fiji stakeholders (including opposition) as they worked towards Fiji’s democratic return would take place at a time convenient to both parties.

“If they want to talk with Qarase and those who oppose my government they should fly them over there because they are not coming here,” Commodore Bainimarama said. 
He said Australia and New Zealand should not be misled by information from their High Commissions. 
“If they are getting it from there then those from their embassies should go out on the ground. They shouldn’t be listening to NGOs, SDL and those who are always anti-government.

“If they think that the situation in Fiji has worsened financially, then they should know that we are not the only country that was hit by the global financial crisis,” Commodore Bainimarama said.